EXTRA BAGGS: Wilson debuts, Giants lead majors in errors, etc.


EXTRA BAGGS: Wilson debuts, Giants lead majors in errors, etc.

DENVER Brian Wilsons season debut had all the drama of anintrasquad game on the back fields at Indian School Park.

Sent out with a mop in a 16-8 game, Wilson allowed a run ona hit and a walk but otherwise looked healthy in the Giants loss to theColorado Rockies Wednesday night.

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Wilson hit 95 mph on the gun and his cutter had goodmovement. Manager Bruce Bochy was glad that Wilson was able to escape his jam,though.

That was his last hitter, Bochy said. I was gonna have togo get him. Im sure he was rusty. But I thought he had a good fastball, goodcutter going.

The Giants are 1-4 and Barry Zito has their only win. Justhow they drew it up.

The Rockies scored 17 runs without a home run. Thats hardto do. They had eight doubles and three triples, though.

Its the most runs the Giants have allowed since Sept. 18,2006 at Coors Field, wouldnt you know.

You bet, Ryan Theriot has played the outfield before. All offive games in 2007.

On the plus side, the Giants have scored at least four runsin each of their first five games. Thats something they havent done since2003, which turned out to be a 100-win season.

One more thing: With 29 runs in five games, the Giantscurrently rank as the highest scoring team in the NL West.

The Giants were the go-go darlings of the Cactus League,stealing 38 bases. But it took until the fourth inning of their fifth game toswipe their first bag of the regular season.

Emmanuel Burriss took second base, and its a good thing hewasnt thrown out, considering the Giants were trailing 6-2 at the time.

The Giants have 10 errors in five games the most in themajor leagues. Second baseman Burrisss error opening the fourth was especiallycostly. And then there was the Brett Pill double-error extravaganza in thefifth.

But Bochy isnt ready to bring out the boys for earlyinfield work.

Naw, its too early, Bochy said. I thought the infieldwas rough in Arizona, so throw that out. Tonight a couple things happened thatshouldnt have happened. But I think well be fine.

It was a good sign that Buster Posey pinch-hit in the lateinnings. The Giants were out of position players and Bochy asked Posey if hecould give him an at-bat. Posey made hard contact on a fly out to the track,too.

Bochy reiterated that Posey would start behind the plateThursday. And the manager also noted that scratching him because of theshingles might have been a blessing in disguise for his left ankle.

The way that game went, I wouldnt have wanted him outthere, Bochy said.

Jeremy Affeldt has allowed 10 baserunners in three inningsthis season and hes making no excuses even with a convenient one at hisdisposal here on the High Plains.

You can say, Oh, its Coors Field. But the reality is, my fastball theyshouldve hit it, Affeldt said. Ive been on the other side and theres justa lot of places the ball can fall here. Youve got to keep it on the ground. Ifyou get the ball in the air, things get really weird here. Ive just gotta makebetter pitches, especially with two outs.

In the Instant Replay story, I tried to sum up thatunfortunate series of defensive events in the fifth inning. Eventually, theofficial scorer ruled that Brett Pill committed two errors on the play.

But in the immediate moments after the play, the scorerstood up, yelled, I quit! and pretended to march out of the press box. Ittook at least 10 minutes to sort through everything and make a ruling.

Meanwhile, the poor guy inputting for MLB Gameday wasworking his first game. I felt bad for him and for the thousands of peoplesquinting at their laptops, wondering how that Jeremy Affeldt-Ramon Hernandezconfrontation could possibly last nearly a half-hour.

Last season, Tim Lincecum allowed eight earned runs in thefirst inning. Total. Hes already allowed five first-inning runs this season.

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Maybe its time for Barry Zito to introduce Tim Lincecum toTom House. (Kidding, I think.)

Lincecum mentioned another Tom prior to the game: TomCruise, in Ghost Protocol. Theyre haircut twins.

Hunter Pence changing positions to accommodate Andrew McCutchen

Hunter Pence changing positions to accommodate Andrew McCutchen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Andrew McCutchen has spent his entire career as a center fielder. With a new team comes a new position. 

Manager Bruce Bochy confirmed on Tuesday that McCutchen will move to right field for the Giants, with Hunter Pence sliding over from right to left. Bochy said he talked to McCutchen about the plan -- one the Giants had throughout the McCutchen chase -- after Monday's trade. 

"I'm looking forward to right field," McCutchen said. "That's one place people can't pick on me saying that my defensive metrics are so bad. I'm looking forward to playing right. I know there's a lot of room out there to run, so it's definitely going to be almost like playing center."

McCutchen said he's looking forward to picking Pence's brain about patrolling right field at AT&T Park. Bochy has already spoken to Pence and said his longtime right fielder is on board with the plan. 

"He's just so excited about getting Cutch on this club that he's good with anything or whatever is best for this club," Bochy said. "So that's the plan right now."

McCutchen has played 11,621 defensive innings in his career and all but 115 1/3 of them have been in center field. He briefly moved to right field last season but shifted back to center when Starling Marte was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance. McCutchen was a Gold Glove Award winner in 2012 but his defensive metrics tailed off in recent seasons. He was worth negative 28 Defensive Runs Saved in 2016 and was at negative 16 DRS last season. 

McCutchen had wanted to stay in center in Pittsburgh, but said it's a new case with a new team.

"I wasn’t too keen on (moving at first) because I felt that I had more there, that I could do something there (in center)," he said. "I honored (the Pirates) once they wanted me to play a little shallower and that backfired on me. I was basically asking for another shot but I didn’t get that chance or opportunity. But now that I’m going into the Giants organization and this is something they want me to do, I’m all for it.

"San Francisco has a huge field. It’s bigger than PNC Park. They’ve got Triples Alley and it’s called Triples Alley for a reason. For me, it’s another center field. I’m moving over a little and if it’s saving my legs and I can get more stolen bases, I’m all game and I’m all for it.”

Pirates front office raves about McCutchen after trading him to Giants


Pirates front office raves about McCutchen after trading him to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — There was a sense of celebration within the Giants organization on Monday after the addition of Andrew McCutchen. He is easily their best outfielder, a potential solution atop the order, and a player who is known for being a tremendous presence in the clubhouse. 

If the Giants had any doubts, though, they surely felt better after seeing the quotes that came out of Pittsburgh. In a series of statements, Pirates officials made it clear this was a difficult trade to make, with chairman Bob Nutting calling it “one of the most emotionally agonizing decisions that we have had to make in my tenure.”

Nutting, in a statement, said that McCutchen’s smile and energy were infectious even as a teenager. Later, McCutchen got the Pirates to three straight postseason appearances. 

“He did so while always carrying himself with humility, dignity and grace,” Nutting said. 

Team president Frank Coonelly described the trade as painful. 

“(No) individual was more responsible for the success that we had from 2013 to 2015 than Cutch,” Coonelly said in a statement,” And no player was more disappointed than Andrew that we did not break through and win a World Series Championship for the City of Pittsburgh.”

McCutchen was Pittsburgh’s first-round selection in the 2005 draft and made his debut in 2009. In nine seasons with the Pirates, he was a five-time All-Star and a perennial MVP candidate. He won the award in 2013 and finished in the top five of voting for four consecutive seasons. 

General manager Neal Huntington said the decision to actually part with the franchise player was “incredibly difficult.”

“Watching Andrew patrol center field with grace, fly around the bases, drive the ball all around the ballpark, celebrate with his teammates or interact with his family, friends or fans has created lifelong memories for me and many, many others around the game of baseball,” he said.